Good Company

July 10, 2020 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Family

By Robin J. Steinweg –

“One of my students needs the same things repeated every week,” I said. “It’s like she’s never seen a quarter note before, and she still can’t identify the keys. She’s bright; her parents say she practices, so it must be me. Do any of my words stick with any of my students? What’s the point?” I had lain awake wondering if most of my life had been spent pouring water into a sieve.

My husband, Tom, responded, “How many students have come into our home over the years? Of those few hundred, how many have continued to play or sing—one percent? Two at the most?”

The question kicked me in the stomach. I’d already imagined that if I worked for a large company, Quality Control would’ve handed my head to HR (that’s Human Resources, AKA Heads Rolling) on a tin platter. In Willy Wonka’s factory, I’d have gone down the Bad Egg chute.

“Wait! Hear me,” Tom said. “After years of lessons I don’t play piano anymore, even though I’m a musician. But the impact those lessons had on me will continue to affect my life forever. It’s not just about playing piano. The time you spend with that little girl… you just don’t know. That is priceless.”

My husband isn’t named Thomas—“good company”—for nothing. Those encouraging words have fed me for years. He’s given me an example to live up to. My goal this new year and every year is for my words to be good company, just like my husband, Thomas.

QUOTE: Words are the most powerful thing in the universe…Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind. –Charles Capps

BIBLE VERSE: “To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is.” (Proverbs 15:23 ESV)!

About Robin Steinweg

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!
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8 Responses to “Good Company”
  1. Lori Lipsky says:

    In these days when criticism abounds, an encouraging word at the-needed-moment is incalculable. I’ve noticed your posts are often flooded with words of encouragement. Thanks, Robin.

  2. Anita Klumpers says:

    Not only is the way your husband encouraged you important, but what he said is so true.
    What a great reminder to invest ourselves in the lives of others, and be thankful for those who impact us.

  3. joanie says:

    Great spiritual lesson as well as a great tribute to Tom.

  4. Vicky Dresser says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words. You got me to realize how important my words and actions are. What a blessing we can be to others if we let God be our guide.I want my students and others I talk to to be encouraged, uplifted, excited, and refreshed after they have spent time with me. I needed this reminder to realize the impact my words can have. Tom sure is a smart man.
    Thanks again for taking time to write for all of us. You have blessed me.

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